Archive: July 2nd, 2006

Game 80: Win

Mets 8 Yankees 3

What the Mets couldn’t do against five Yankee pitchers the night before, they managed to accomplish against one of the greatest lefthanders in baseball history.

The Metsies erupted for seven runs in the first four innings against Randy Johnson, then tacked on an eighth run in the sixth inning, finally chasing dandy Randy from the game.

Helping to snap the four-game losing streak was Mets new DH Paul LoDuca, who went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI. D-Wright also had 2 RBI, as did Ramon Castro. Jose Reyes had two hits and two runs scored, and it’s getting more and more clear that he is the real MVP of the Mets. When Reyes gets on, the Mets usually win. When he doesn’t get on base, they usually lose.

Steve Trachsel enjoyed another adequate outing, giving up only two runs in six innings. However, he did allow eleven baserunners.

Notes

The Mets won with Eli Marrero starting in LF, Chris Woodward at 2B, Julio Franco at 1B and Ramon Castro behind the plate. No Carlos Delgado, no Clifford Floyd.

Mr. Willie tried to blow the game by bringing in Billy Wagner with a five-run lead, but Wagner was able to strike out two and retire all three batters faced. He did, however, nearly blow out his ankle covering first on the game-ending play. So although Randolph couldn’t find a way to lose the game, he nearly succeeded in losing his closer.

Aaron Heilman was a little off in this game, and he seemed to be dropping too low again. Not all the time, just a pitch here and there. He’s got to figure out a checkpoint of some sort that will keep his release point consistent.

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Game 79: Loss

Yankees 2 Mets 0

The Mets finally lost three games in a row … so what the heck, why not make it four!

And they lost in grand fashion, managing one lousy hit against five Yankee pitchers. The only hit was a single by Endy Chavez, who promptly was picked off first only moments later. The Mets managed one other baserunner — Jose Valentin on a walk — but he, also, was quickly erased on a steal attempt.

The Mets’ ineptness at the plate wasted an excellent performance by Orlando Hernandez, who pitched seven strong innings. El Duque allowed only two runs on seven hits and a walk.

One must wonder why the Mets hitters continually do poorly against pitchers they’ve never seen before. Clearly there must be an issue either with the advance scouting or the pregame preparation. You could dismiss games like this as blips on the radar if it didn’t happen so consistently, and if the hitters didn’t look so completely awful. This has been a thorn in the Mets’ side going back at least 2-3 years, which makes you wonder how/why the issue has been addressed.

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